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    Heartland Grey Tanks

    Does anybody know the type of plastic Heartland has used over the years on it's grey water tanks? I have to try to repair my kitchen (dishwater) tank which is installed above my axles, so replacement isn't a good option. Right now I am looking at soldering iron-type of plastic welder kits, but they require that you know the type of plastic involved so that you use the right type of welding rod.

    Right now I am doing dishes in a couple of short wide plastic trash containers I found at Walmart, and carrying the dishwater to the toilet.
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    Re: Heartland Grey Tanks

    Some welding kits come with a variety of welding rods for different plastics. Just because a tank is black doesn't necessarily mean that its ABS. Good luck.

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    Re: Heartland Grey Tanks

    Quote Originally Posted by wdk450 View Post
    Does anybody know the type of plastic Heartland has used over the years on it's grey water tanks? I have to try to repair my kitchen (dishwater) tank which is installed above my axles, so replacement isn't a good option. Right now I am looking at soldering iron-type of plastic welder kits, but they require that you know the type of plastic involved so that you use the right type of welding rod.

    Right now I am doing dishes in a couple of short wide plastic trash containers I found at Walmart, and carrying the dishwater to the toilet.
    What a bummer Bill. Doesnt look like anyone knows your answer. If I needed that information, Id probably call Heartland and see who the tank maker was. Id then call that company to see if they know the tank material makeup. Good luck.
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    Re: Heartland Grey Tanks

    Bill,

    I don't know the material, but I did repair 3 relatively small holes in my Gray #1 tank 9 years ago. The tank heating pad burned the holes - maybe 1/4" or so. I filled them with J.B. Weld epoxy and sprayed on 3 coats of rubber. I think I may have used Rustoleum Rubberized Undercoating, but it's possible it might have been Flex-Seal. I just can't remember. In any case, it's held up fine for 9 years.


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    Re: Heartland Grey Tanks

    Probably a Polyethylene, although at one time I thought they used ABS. If you can find it, the material code should be shown on the tank itself.


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    Re: Heartland Grey Tanks

    I found a website by a tank manufacturer in the Elkhart area that stated that their tanks are MDPE (Medium Density Polyethylene) and spin molded. Another source I came across said that the tanks are marked with a recycling triangle with a number in the triangle indicating the exact type of plastic. I don't know if I will be able to find that marking, but will look for it.

    BTW, I saw a "How Its Made" TV episode about making spin molded plastic tanks and it was eye opening. A special large molding machinery slowly spins the mold assembly at a moderate speed on 2 axis while the plastic cools and sets.
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    Re: Heartland Grey Tanks

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    Re: Heartland Grey Tanks

    This may not be possible but this is one method for determining plastic types. If you can get a small piece of the tank ( maybe by scraping ) and burn it, polyethylene smells like paraffin wax.

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    Re: Heartland Grey Tanks

    And ABS smells nasty.


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    Re: Heartland Grey Tanks

    Thanks Gary and everyone for the education. Life IS continual learning.

    I've moved up to the San Diego mountains for 3 weeks, 33 degrees overnight here last night, so I'll start this repair sometime in the near future. I still have my 3 afternoons a week in San Diego 45 miles away with my 8 month post heart transplant daughter. All is pretty good with her, the Med center does heart cath procedures monthly to retrieve a bit of heart tissue for rejection analysis. So far she has been scoring a 0 on the rejection tests.

    My next 2 scheduled visits fall with Thanksgiving between, so I will probably be making the California Governor happy and having a bachelor Thanksgiving here.

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